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Mark Folse at the Goldmine October 1, 2011

Posted by The Typist in books, New Orleans, Odd Words, Poetry, Toulouse Street.
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An incredible sensation, to stand at the microphone at which some of the nation’s finest poets have appeared, in the exact same saloon where some of the earliest adherents of the Beat movement stood and read before they split for the coast. There is a hilarious scene in David Simon’s Treme in which Davis McAlary is interviewing local musical character Coco Robicheaux, who begins lighting votive spirit candles while talking about the radio station’s move from its old Congo Square location to the sterile design-by-Disney upper French Market and Robicheaux says “you don’t get the good ancestor vibe here”. There is a tremendous ancestor vibe at the Goldmine Saloon and it was an honor to perform there. (No chickens were harmed in the making of this podcast).

Mark Folse reading at 17 Poets! at the Goldmine Saloon

Mark Folse reading from PHONO GRAPH and other works at 17 Poets! at the Goldmine Saloon.

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The chapbook PHONO GRAPH is available online here.

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Carry Me Home book signing Saturday February 13, 2009

Posted by The Typist in 504, 8-29, books, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
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coverThe Maple Street Book Shop will host a signing of Carry Me Home on Saturday, February 14 from 12-2 p.m. Maple Street Book Shop is located as 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans in the Uptown/Carrollton area.

Carry Me Home is available online at Lulu.com and Amazon, but I encourage you to patronize your local bookstores listed on the side of the page.

“It belongs on the bookshelf alongside the other worthy post-Katrina works. [His] heart is absolutely in the right place, and it is that heart — that passion — that the reader will ultimately remember from this book.”
• Voices of New Orleans blog, published by Chin Music Press (publisher of Do You Know (What It Means to Miss New Orleans)

“Mark’s writing is about skill and heart… A blend of reporting, memoir and analysis, Carry Me Home is as immediate as it is reflective. It’s more than a love letter to New Orleans – it’s a survival guide for post-Katrina America. Mark shows how to go through a disaster with your soul intact.”
• Michael Tisserand, author of “Sugarcane Academy” and “The Kingdom of Zydeco”

“Mark Folse is one of the best writers in Louisiana.”
• Greg Peters, Suspect Device cartoonist

Errata, Mea Culpa, (Merda) January 12, 2009

Posted by The Typist in 8-29, books, errata, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
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To everyone who has received a copy of “Carry Me Home” I want to apologize for distributing an initial printing which, upon close examination, contains not not on the final, approved manuscript but on a early pre-correction copy. It has numerous (previously corrected) typographical errors.

Chaulk this up to the vagueries of on-line, on-demand publishing. The lesson: in this world, nobody has your back except yourself. Check everything three times.

In this case, I had to make a change to correct a publishing issue (page numbers on the end pages, which in Lulu’s on-demand distribution channel–the books that will go out via Amazon, B&N, etc.–is a no no). Through my error the corrected manuscript was not the final one, but an older copy (which had ended up under the newer name on my local hard drive). When I went to proof the corrected version, I only checked for the page numbers, layout, table of contents, etc. without proofing the text. Big mistake.

I am already working with the publisher to correct this, and expect to have copies of the approved manuscript in a week or so days. The on-line ordering copy is already corrected. If you received a review or promotional copy or complimentary copy, what you have is not what is intended for final distribution. I will send the local reviewers clean copies as soon as they are available.

If you received the book announcement, have been contacted by me about taking the initial placement of the book, or have indicated your interest in the book, I am going to have to step back for a week or so until I have the correct copies in hand.

Anyone with a smattering of Romance language will recognize the third term in today’s Latin for Idiots (Latin Pro Bardus) lesson.

Afterthought: Hey, someday it will be a rare and valuable first edition, so if you have one, I suggest you hold onto it.

For the curious, see the page Errata for the details of the corrections to the book.